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General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security: Joe D. Whitley

Joe D. WhitleyPresident Bush announced on March 11 his intention to nominate Joe D. Whitley to be General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.  

Mr. Whitley is currently a partner with Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, chairs the Government Investigations and Compliance Group, and concentrates his practice in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense and Compliance, representing and defending individuals and corporations in all matters relative to criminal investigations and in related complex civil litigation. Mr. Whitley is also a member of the Antitrust & Investigations Group.

Mr. Whitley had an extensive career in the Department of Justice, serving as the Acting Associate Attorney General in the Bush Administration, the third-ranking position in the Department of Justice.  He was appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush, respectively, to serve as U.S. Attorney in the Middle and Northern Federal Districts in Georgia.  He has also been in other Department of Justice positions serving under five Attorneys General.

Mr. Whitley is a member of the Criminal Justice Section Council of the American Bar Association and he is a frequent participant as a lecturer in national ABA programs on Health Care Fraud and White Collar Crime.  He chairs several Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education programs, including the Annual White Collar Crime Program, the Cyber Crime Institute, and the Health Care Fraud Institute.  Mr. Whitley currently serves as the Vice Chair for Governmental Affairs of the 2002-03 ABA Criminal Justice Section.

Mr. Whitley received his J.D. and his undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia.